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Police chase kills man on scooter

Infuriating and tragic: “D.C. police say they tried to stop Karon Hylton because he was riding on a sidewalk without a helmet...Hylton-Brown died the day his daughter turned three months old.” He was killed on a Revel scooter in a collision with a car in a Brightwood Park alley, reportedly as police gave chase; residents protested his death at the Fourth District.


“Radio lost its balls”

Hailing from Detroit in the 70s, DC radio great Donnie Simpson will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame this week. He transformed WKYS, challenging the status quo by swapping rock ballads with smooth R&B, and continued pioneering into the 90s as BET’s first VJ.


Pack the Council

Compromising with white supremecists got DC its current governing structure, which leaves dozens of qualified, passionate candidates vying for a miniscule number of positions (see: the at-large race) and puts 700,000 residents in the hands of just 13 Councilmembers. White supremacy insisted Congress be able to veto any local law, and stripped ANCs of any real power. 


51st wraps 

Speaking of statehood: WAMU’s DC statehood podcast, 51st, just wrapped, which means all 6 episodes are ready for the binge listeners out there!


A slow first step: re-enfranchisement

In July, DC joined just two other states (Maine and Vermont) to extend voting rights to individuals serving felony convictions. The measure re-enfranchised nearly 4,500 DC residents but even finding them can be a challenge, and only 9% of eligible voters in federal custody have registered. 


On your mark, get set, vote!

In-person early voting kicked off in Maryland and DC this week. Wait times have run the gamut between 5 to 90 minutes, but World Central Kitchen--fighting the good fight--is feeding voters at poll sites. Need more incentive to fulfill your civic duty? Voters can cast ballots in historic new venues, including Nats Park + Capital One Arena AND receive custom “i voted” stickers?! Go. Vote.

Also || Corners are so 2019, clashing protests after Barrett Confirmation, spooky stories to get Halloween ready, COVID killed the home team advantage Living Statues strike [Trump] again; restroom? Can I see your ID?, get yourself an election dialogue partner

Errata: We said Montgomery County was considering pulling police out of schools yesterday when we meant Prince George’s. We also mislinked to Casey Trees’ leaf-peeping guide.

Emergency & You

Wednesday, October 28

Pretend it’s summer

Rush Bowls officially opened on U st. Throwback to summer with a classic açai bowl or be as basic as can be with a pumpkin spice bowl. (Now open)


Get crafty with your cocktails

Are you your quarantine pods designated bartender? Probably. Refresh your skills with a craft cocktail class so you can officially be the hostess with the mostess. (7:30pm)


Also || talk: 40 years of International Solidarity, Creators Wanted, talk: Lessons of Women Leaning In, Dream Cafe, Bingo Night, talk: Afghanistan's First Lady on Democracy


Thursday, October 29


Grab a pumpkin, carve a pumpkin 

You haven’t immersed yourself in fall activities until you’ve carved a pumpkin. Head to Wundergarten, buy a pumpkin, go home, and carve away! All proceeds go towards Habitat for Humanity Young Professionals of Washington. (6:30pm)


Dear Chinatown, DC 

Voices from DC’s Chinatown speak about the neighborhoods history and contemporary challenges *cough* cultural erasure *cough* displacement *cough,* and hopes for the future. (5pm)

Also || Mediterranean Comfort Food, Miss You Like Hell, Folklife Festival, Zine Club, Filipino Block Party, talk: when vampires arose


Friday, October 30


Train to knock doors in Virginia

Election Day is hurtling closer, leaving many of us to manage existential dread on top of our pandemic stresses. Try to channel some stress into action by training to knock doors and distribute literature in Virginia. (6:30pm)


Vintage Game Night 

Bring your corona-safe bubble for an outdoor game night, complete with bocce, croquet, ring toss, and BYOB(oard games). Costumes encouraged. (5:30pm)


Spilling the zom-beans

A circus show & spooky backyard cabaret rolled into one performance on grief, healing, & ghosts – reserve a live spot in Alexandria, or join on Zoom to see an edited recording & attend the cast party. (8pm)


Also || talk: Autumn Refresh, Frederick Douglass hike in Harpers Ferry, talk: what sparked witch burnings, concert at Rhizome, “a spooky shmutzik spates spiel”


Saturday, October 31


Nosferatu with live music, yes.

The OG expressionist scary vampire movie in 16mm soundtracked live by DC’s own Tristan Welch? Absolutely. (6:30 pm)


A Halloween Mayor Bowser’s

After months of rent strikes and calls for landlords and legislators to cancel rent, District tenants are calling on Mayor Bowser to cancel all rent for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.” (Gather at 3, march at 4 pm from Fort Stevens Recreation Center)


Also || music: Live from Dumbarton Oaks, dia de los muertos weekend festival, Halloween at The Station, Dia de los Muertos with Brahms’ Requiem, Petworth News’ Halloween parade, participatory art: Shaping the Past: Empty Pedestals, Support Local Creatives, Make the *cutest* felted pumpkins

Sunday, November 1


Not Sbarro’s stromboli

Join Sonny’s pizza to learn how to make a gourmet stromboli from home. This will probably be the best meal prep you’ve done in months. Trust us, it’s worth it. (4pm)


A to Z in DC

With this handy guide, follow in the footsteps of local Washingtonian Austin Graff, who spent quarantine (+working from home + home schooling) rediscovering DC neighborhoods with three year old daughter. 


Also || Purple Light DC, Comedy Show, Día de los Muertos, Prevent Cancer 5k, One Shot Pottery Class


Monday, November 2


Channel your inner Van Gogh

A great way to recharge and reset for the week ahead is taking your paintbrush to the canvas. Virtually paint the night away with local watercolor artist Sam Testa. (5:45pm)


Also || talk: Stolen, Fall Back with Ease, Anxious People book club


Tuesday, November 3



Take a page from World Central Kitchen’s book – after voting, by you can volunteer to distribute water & snacks to those still in line. (3pm)


Zen and Zone Out

After you vote, perhaps spend the evening *apart* from your TV and poll results. Create a zen space with a virtual terrarium making or flower arranging class, complete with materials and video instructions. (varies)


Eat, Drink, Vote

What is more American than eating, drinking, and voting to secure the future of our democracy? Snag election day drink and food specials from area restaurants after voting.

Also || exhibit: Outbreak, Plant exploration; talk: The digital divide in schools; creative writing hour

Celebrate Day of the Dead safely from home!   

Learn about monarchs butterflies—long associated with the Day of the Dead—from cultural and scientific experts, and enjoy GRAMMY-winning band Quetzal. This weekend!


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